National Siderurgical Company

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The Latapack Ball, with industrial unit in Jacare (SP), started to operate in 1997, with a capacity of production of 1,5 billion of cans/year, being able to reach 2,0 billion. The company is an association between the Mariani group (BBM), that she acts in the petrochemical sector and of plastic packings, and the Ball Metals Corporation, one of the great North American companies of the sector of aluminum packings. ‘ ‘ The Metalic, in the region metropolitan of $fortaleza (CE), is the only manufacturer of steel cans of two parts for drinks. With a capacity of production of 700 million cans/year, initiated its activities for test of qualification of the cooling envasadores of and beers in September of 1997. The company belongs to the Vicunha group, and counts on the support technician of the National Siderurgical Company (CSN), that it is developing steel plates tinned special for this type of product.

The technology used for these companies is considered of last generation, being that the four first ones manufacture aluminum cans (associates the international groups with experience in the sector), beyond working with imported and automatized machinery. Of this form, in Brazil, all the five manufacturers confection its cans with only two parts, being that the first part is the cover of the can, whereas second is an only constituted part of body of the deep can and, being necessary only one weld to join these two parts and to finish the product. In the case of the countries that use exceeded technology, the cans possess three parts: cover of the can; body; deep (separate ones of the others), being necessary two welds to join the three parts so that the can is ready to be vendida. To start its activities in 1997, with tip technology, the Metalic contracted the CAP International Incorporation, specialized North American company in implantation of plants of cans of two parts, whose main equipment and machines also are imported.